Submitted by Effopec on Fri, 2020-01-17 06:31
So I'm driving on the freeway in rush hour yesterday afternoon. Traffic is stop and go, but just starting to clear out so I'm going about 40 mph. My exit is coming up so I'm in the right lane on AP with a follow distance of 1. Suddenly my car brakes, fairly abruptly. Over the next fraction of a second my thoughts were:
I don't see any brake lights on the SUV in front of me.
I didn't just pass under an overpass, and it's overcast with light rain so I shouldn't get any phantom braking.
Maybe I should press the accelerator to keep up with traffic & not get hit from behind.
It was at that instant that the SUV in front slammed on it's brakes. I then see the car in front of them, which had been obscured from my view, braking hard and pulling onto the shoulder to avoid plowing the car in front of them (3 cars in front of me).
So my car reacted to the car either 2 or 3 cars ahead, which I couldn't even see. Amazing.